"Working Girl" and "Rain Man" emerged as top Oscar prospects after they dominated the Golden Globe awards, which often serve as predictions for the Academy Awards.
ABC's mega-miniseries "War and Remembrance" dominated the awards for television excellence.Tom Hanks and Dustin Hoffman won top male acting awards, and Melanie Griffith won for best comic actress. In a three-way tie, Shirley MacLaine, Jodie Foster and Sigourney Weaver each were honored for best dramatic actress during Saturday night's ceremonies.
Actor Clint Eastwood got the directing trophy for "Bird," beating out Mike Nichols of "Working Girl" and Barry Levinson of "Rain Man."
Other pre-Oscar favorites were Golden Globe losers.
The civil-rights film "Mississippi Burning" and the Australian melodrama "A Cry in the Dark" each had four nominations but left empty-handed.
"Running on Empty" went in with five nominations but got only one award, a screenplay award for Naomi Foner. "The Accidental Tourist" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" didn't win any awards.
The best foreign-language film went to Denmark's "Pelle the Conqueror."
The Golden Globes, presented annually by the 80-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is viewed as a barometer for movies in contention for the Academy Awards. Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 15.
Although considered less prestigious than the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes attract major stars to the ceremony and play a crucial role in film advertising campaigns and in setting the stage for the Oscars.
In 1988, "The Last Emperor" won Golden Globes for best dramatic motion picture and best director, and then went on to win movie and director Oscars. Cher, Michael Douglas, Sean Connery and Olympia Dukakis all won top Golden Globes and Oscars in 1988, too.
One recent noted exception was in 1986, when Steven Spielberg won a Golden Globe for directing "The Color Purple," but did not win an Oscar.
Sigourney Weaver won as best supporting actress in "Working Girl" and tied for best dramatic actress in "Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey."